Cheesy Baked Ziti

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Ziti, uncooked
Vegetable oil cooking spray

  • 1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes, drained

  • 1 15-oz. container low-fat ricotta cheese

  • 2 cups shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1/2 cup skim milk

  • 1/3 cup chopped Italian parsley

  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil (or 1 tbsp.dried)

  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Directions:

  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside in large bowl.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  3. Spray a non-stick skillet with vegetable oil cooking spray. Heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 more minute. Remove from heat. Stir in tomatoes.
  4. Place ricotta cheese, 1 1/2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, 2 tbsp. of the Parmesan cheese and milk in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.
  5. Add the tomato and cheese mixtures, parsley, basil and pepper to the cooked pasta. Toss well to combine.
  6. Spray a 2 1/2 to 3 quart (an 8 or 9 x 12-inch oblong dish works well) baking dish with vegetable spray. Spoon the pasta mixture into the dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheeses.
  7. Bake at 400° F for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.

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